What I’m Listening To – Podcasts

Okay, so many people have been asking me which podcasts I enjoy most. It feels like listening to podcasts is the HIP AF millennial thing to do these days. Maybe it makes us feel like we have our lives together? Maybe it’s just something to do on our commutes when the radio has failed us by playing too much of The Chainsmokers? Maybe we just like to start every sentence with “So, I was listening to this podcast the other day and…”. Well, everyone has their own reasons for listening to podcasts and I’m going to give you some of my favorites. Some of them I’ve just started listening to and some of them I’ve been listening to for a while. If you’re interested in listening to something Amanda-Approved then take a gander at the options below.

Stuff Mom Never Told You – This is a great feminist podcast for women who are interested in women’s role in society today, but who also enjoy pop-culture and political references. The language isn’t the most inclusive at times, but you can definitely tell that they are trying to improve that aspect of the show. Instead, this is a great podcast for women who are new to understanding how (mostly cis) women play a role in history, how to address sexism in our everyday lives, and who plan on having a 9-5-type career. The podcast’s co-hosts, Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd, are two mid-20’s cis women in Washington D.C who discuss navigating the work and home life as a Millennial and a woman. It’s fraught with pop culture references, which I love, and usually stays pretty light-hearted while still including the tougher topics, which I also love. Sometimes I want to hear about the nuance of feminism without feeling like the world is going to shit, and this podcast fits that criteria.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – Working Women, Anyone interested in women’s evolving role in society, Anyone who wants to hear a more heteronormative side of feminism, Anyone who enjoys political commentary and pop-culture
Bulletproof Radio – Okay, so this podcast isn’t for the health and nutrition newbies out there. You definitely need to know your shit, and all the health and wellness fads over time, to understand what’s going on in this podcast. Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Coffee and self-proclaimed “bio-hacker”, interviews medical researchers and specialists in functional medicine to figure out basically how to “hack” his body to be as healthy and live as long as possible. He talks about how he’s “hacked” his DNA and mitochondria to get the best sleep and be at optimal health by being on a Ketogenic diet, taking certain supplements, and detoxing from our toxic environment. As someone who is a huge nerd for nutrition and wellness, this podcast is FASCINATING. I don’t personally agree with the great lengths he’s taken to improve his health, but it’s fascinating hearing about the research he’s done with his own body and the knowledge specialists in their fields discovered about the human body.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – Health and Nutrition nerds, Science-types, People who want to live as long as possible, Fans of alternative medicine or preventative medicine, Health fad skeptics,  Individuals who are mistrustful of our current medical system, My Father (Yes, Dad, this is me calling you out on my blog. I’ve been trying to get you to listen to this podcast for months.)
Anna Faris Is Unqualified – I initially found this podcast because I realized I needed a podcast that would make me laugh (aka wasn’t health, wellness, or social justice related). I’ve always thought Anna Faris is hilarious, especially in House Bunny, and her marriage to Chris Pratt is definitely #MarriageGoals. Faris, with her co-host and producer Sim Sarna, interviews celebrity guests and asks them for unqualified relationship advice. Whether it’s Anna Faris’ ridiculous fictional scenarios she makes up or just hearing celebrities give terrible relationship advice to listeners who call into the studio, I’ll definitely find myself laughing aloud at most of the podcast’s comedic banter.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – Fans of Anna Faris, Comedy lovers, People who laugh at bad relationship advice, Stoners (because Anna Faris has starred in multiple stoner cult films), Anyone who enjoys hearing about the personal lives of well-known celebrities, People who aren’t bothered by swearing or crude language
Favorite Episodes – ep 78: Live from Clusterfest with Hannibal Buress and Lizzo (I’ve listened to this episode multiple times all the way through and still think it’s funny); Bonus episode: Tavi Gevinson; All podcasts with Seth Rogan

The Priestess Podcast – A podcast for all things spiritual and Divine feminine. I don’t always get to talk about my spiritual beliefs, but it’s comforting to hear about different aspects of the Divine in this podcast. The creator and host of this podcast, Julie Parker, has such a warm, calming voice and doesn’t downplay anything “spiritual”. In the majority of the episodes she interviews conscious leaders, coaches, and spiritual practitioners in “Divine Feminine, Goddess Culture, Women’s Spirituality and Living with Grace”, but sometimes she just has solo episodes where she speaks on certain topics by herself. Even as I write about this podcast I struggle to be completely open as to how much I do believe in many things labeled as “spiritual” because I know that the spiritual community is definitely not perfect (cultural appropriation, lack of inclusive language, geared mostly toward cisgendered individuals, etc.). But time and time again I find myself drawn to conversations around our spiritual connection to Earth, the moon, the stars, and all the energies in-between. While I acknowledge that the spiritual community isn’t perfect, I find comfort and a safe, authentic space in this podcast. While I may not have many close peers with similar beliefs, it’s nice to listen to a podcast where my beliefs are taken seriously.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast –  Someone who enjoys all things spiritual, Wants to know more about the Divine Feminine or goddess culture, Wants a feminine-centered podcast
Stronger – I wrote a previous post about this podcast, which actually led me to write this post when people inquired to other podcasts I listen to frequently. This is an incredibly genuine podcast about health and wellness (physical, mental, and emotional), that moves past the hip, stylish stuff and gets to what really impacts your health. There are some pretty hilarious sound effects that they’ve added in that, not going to lie, have totally thrown my off guard at times. It’s a solid podcast, with something to learn from every episode.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast –  Health-conscious listeners, Believers in hip health fabs, Wellness junkies
Favorite EpisodesEpisode 1: Is the Wellness Industry Taking Advantage of Us?; Episode 2: The Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone With Depression; Episode 4: 4 Foods You Think Are Healthy That May Not Be  [this link don’t seem to be working, but you can still find these episodes when you look on itunes]

AstroTwins Radio – Anyone who knows me, knows I love astrology. It’s something my mother taught me from a young age and I’ve just stuck to learning more. I rarely just read my own horoscope for the day, I also read my rising sign, moon sign, and all the horoscopes of the people in my life. Astrology is like a personality test but there are no questions and the answers are given from the alignment of the planets and stars on the exact time of your birth. So, yes, I love that there’s a podcast about astrology. The Astro Twins have recently become some of the most popular and well-known astrologists, writing articles and horoscopes for many popular websites as well as having their own site. They release monthly podcasts, where they talk about how the different planetary alignments may affect how your month plays out. I love hearing about how different zodiac signs may be affected by the planetary arrangements. It’s a nice change to listen to someone talk about astrology rather than just reading it.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – fans of Astrology, Someone who needs help making decisions or needs guidance with a dilemma in their life
Favorite Episodes – Basically any most recent episode

Free Cookies – Okay, so Kathryn Budig was one of the first yogis I’ve followed on social media. I saw her whole transition through divorcing her husband, figuring out her place in the yoga world, and then ultimately starting a relationship with Kate Fagan. I found this podcast just after Kate Fagan spoke at the CU Boulder graduation as the commencement speaker and seeing Budig post Instagram pictures of them together in Boulder. When their new podcast was recommended to me on iTunes, I was like “Heck YEAH, I’m going to listen to a podcast with two rad gals and cookies!”. Okay, their podcast is not completely about cookies, but you do hear about Kate Fagan’s “Standard Cookie List” and the favorite cookie of every guest interviewed on the show. They interview big names in sports or the wellness community. It’s pretty entertaining hearing a podcast the brings together those two industries.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – Someone who wants an LGBTQ-friendly podcast (heads-up: they mostly discuss lesbian, bi, or fluid experiences), ESPN fans/Sports enthusiasts who can talk about more than just sports, Anyone who is a fan of Kate Fagan and/or Kathryn Budig, Yogis who can make fun of themselves, anyone who likes cookies
Favorite EpisodesAbby Wambach Kicks Off Cookies: 5/2/17 (The Pilot episode so you know what’s up with the cookies); Scholar-Chip Cookie; Seane Corn: the OG Cookie

ISGP “The Forum” – Thought I’d also give a shoutout to a podcast I just started listening to, Institute of Science for Global Policy “The Forum”. One of the co-hosts, Daniella Baeza, is the twin sister to one of my closest and dearest friends Andrea. The podcast talks about a plethora of science-related topics that affect global policy, with some quirky jokes thrown in-between. They are truly passionate about the topics they discuss and continue regardless of funding, which I think is totally rad.
Who May Enjoy This Podcast – Science-types, Anyone who is curious about how science is applied to global policy


Everyone listens to such different podcasts, which is why I love hearing about which podcasts each individual enjoys! If you have any good recommendations let me know in the comment section!

The Wellness Podcast I’ve Been Waiting For – Stronger

I’ve recently been pretty upset with the wellness, spirituality, and self-help community. To me, it’s been turned into a competition, filled with ego, just a bunch of fads, and another way to be exclusive. This is a community that’s supposed to, in my opinion, embody inclusivity, and provide heart-opening and validating practices. Many articles I see on health and wellness blogs or magazines have posts and articles with titles like “The Only 5 Ways You Can Feel Enlightened”, “If You’re Feeling Sluggish, Here’s The Essential Oils You Need“, or my least favorite title “You’re Not A True Yogi If You Don’t Do These Things”. All of these articles can exclude certain individuals, for example, I used to find myself reading these articles and saying to myself “Wait, am I not a true yogi because I don’t own something from [enter some new hip athleisure clothing brand] or know how to do [enter some advanced yoga pose]?”. Like what does being a “true yogi” even mean? I was under the impression it just meant you regularly practiced yoga. Now I’m careful to stay away from or take with a grain of salt media titled with anything that says its content holds the only way to do something or says I need some particular material items. Similarly, another experience I’ve had is people telling me whether or not I’m “enlightened” (I literally just groaned at the thought of this) because of my current choice of spirituality or my thoughts on the meaning of life. Frankly, I’ve been that person pushing my own beliefs on others too, but I’ve learned that these things are so personal to each individual. It’s fine to share something I’m excited about with another, but it’s not my business or my job to tell them they should practice or believe this specific belief system, practice, or ritual. I’m not alone in feeling excluded from certain practices because I didn’t fit these molds or some parts of this community not feeling quite right, but luckily some conversations are popping up that could support our understanding of what feels right in our minds and bodies.

An amazing new podcast released its first episode today that captured my feelings and validated many of the criticisms I’ve had about this community. This podcast is called Stronger by LIVESTRONG.COM and is hosted by Sr. Editor Michelle Vartan. The episode had the author Danielle LaPorte on the first episode and I was BLOW AWAY by their conversation as they talk about their incredibility important criticisms of this community and how to navigate the parts that could be taking advantage of you by genuinely listening to your body. When LaPorte says, “A real healer takes other people up with them” oh boy, oh boy, ohhhh boy, did this statement resonate with me. So many people come into this community looking to feel well and great and to find ways to live a life with vitality and resiliency, but we get so desperate to find the answers we can get lost consuming media or following trends that don’t ultimately align with our goals. Maybe we’ve been listening to some self-proclaimed “gurus” and/or we forget to listen to what are own bodies are truly telling us. Well, when I listened to this podcast, it just felt gosh darn good and pieced some thoughts together for me.

Like I always say, take with you what resonates, and throw out the rest!

If anything I’ve said has been on your mind, you’re new to the wellness/spirituality community, or you’re looking for a new podcast to listen to (or you want to start listening to podcasts!), you should totally check out Stronger! And, hey, maybe you like the current state of this community, and that’s totally cool too, my dudes! Like I always say, take with you what resonates, and throw out the rest!

I’ve listed the links to the podcast and Danielle LaPorte’s website below!

[link] LIVESTRONG.COM – Stronger – hosted by Sr. Editor Michelle Vartan

[link] Danielle LaPorte’s Website

Happy conscious media consuming!